Senate Passes Unemployment Drug-Testing Bill

Texans who apply for unemployment benefits could be subject to drug testing under a measure the Senate approved unanimously on Thursday.

Senate Bill 21 by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, would require applicants for unemployment benefits to take a drug test if their responses to a screening questionnaire raise red flags that indicate drug use.

“There would have to be something they admitted in the interview that led the interviewer to believe there might be drug use,” Williams said.

Lawmakers have filed nearly a dozen bills this session that would create new standards, including drug testing, for Texans applying ...

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